Happy Hour

Monday, August 18, 2014

Get Happy at Sinema

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 6:43 AM

Now that they've been open for almost two months, the folks at Sinema are hitting their stride. Having featured chef Dale Levitski's creative cuisine to draw in the dining crowd, now they want to get your tail in a bar stool with a series of new happy hour deals every Monday through Thursday, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs lounge.

The deals change daily, with rotating craft cocktail specials and $1 off well drinks and all beers on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Tuesdays are the best deal of the week, with well drinks and domestic bottled beers specially priced at two-for-one from 4:30 p.m. until close. Levitski has designed a special "concessions menu" to accompany the drinks in the upstairs lounge. Playful dishes that don't require silverware to eat mean diners can share plates while they enjoy their drinks.

Social Media Monday will feature special deals that you can find out about only by watching the restaurant's updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The kitchen is also offering the equivalent of combo meals with food and drink pairings offered at discounted prices. Currently, Belgian Thursday offers mussels, frites and a Stella Artois for just $18. (Apparently they have forgotten that we're still supposed to be angry at the Belgians after they knocked us out of the World Cup.)

2600 Franklin Pike

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

GoTo.com and Nashville Guru Can Point You to Today's Best Happy Hours

Posted By on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Today's weather not withstanding, it will soon be patio time in Music City. Much as New Orleanians start to plan dinner while still enjoying lunch, when the clock strikes 3 in many workplaces, minds start to drift toward the possibilities of a nice after-work wind-down. Wouldn't it be great to have a couple of go-to spots online to look for some inspiration? Rejoice, Nashvillagers, because help is at hand.

GoTime.com has compiled a nice list of local happy hours that you can sort by day of the week, time and/or neighborhood. How many times have you asked yourself, "Self, where can we find a nice outdoor patio with some cheap drinks right now?!" Here's your answer. Got a bad case of the Mondays and need to blow off some steam? Try one of these spots. Down to your last few bucks after an evening of partying on Saturday night, but still a little hungry and thirsty? There's still hope! (Including the great 2/1 deal that I keep forgetting about at Sunset Grill for items off their classics menu.)

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Arnold Myint Announces Some Very Happy Hours at blvd

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 8:01 AM

As the impending holiday shopping season approaches, it's always good to have a couple of happy places in mind where you can go to when the crowds get you down. With that in mind, Chef Arnold Myint has rolled out what looks like a spectacular set of happy hour deals for his restaurant blvd on Belmont.

First of all, unlike most places, the blvd holiday happy hour is every night of the week except Sunday, and stretches from 2 to 7 p.m. That's a window I can hit. The structure of the deal is that you can pick any two items off of the list below for just $8, and the offer includes both food and drink.

Blvd Holiday Happy Hour

Pick any two items for $8

Well Whiskey
Well Vodka
House Bubbles
House Red/White Wine
Local Bottles/Draft
BLVD Fries (small)
Cup of Soup du Jour
Petit Caesar Salad
Pate du Campagne
Jalapeno Nachos
Pimento Cheese Melt
Hot Chicken Bites
Crab Cake w/Arugula
Saigon Steak Skewers
Cheese Plate
Potato Chips
Mac n’ Cheese

If you can't find something you like on that long list, then you're just too hard to shop for...

Speaking of the holidays, as an homage to A Christmas Story, Myint will keep Suzy Wong's House of Yum open on Christmas Day for anyone whose turkey gets stolen by the Bumpus hounds.

PM and blvd will also be open on Christmas. For New Year's Eve, blvd will actually take reservations, which is unusual for that restaurant, and will be serving prixe fixe meals of three and five courses.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Happy Hour at Mason's and Husky Hour at, Well, Husk

Posted By on Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 7:38 AM

I'm always hunting for a good happy hour. Since I work at home, I get to decide whether to start work at 7 instead of 8 or skip lunch so I can knock off a little early and meet some old (or new) friends for a quick hour of happiness. I've discovered a good one lately that is worth sharing.

Until Sept. 30, Mason's Bar at Loews Vanderbilt is offering a heckuva deal every day from 4 to 6 p.m. in their lounge. Their entire selection of draft beers — which include local favorites Yazoo Pale Ale, Mayday Angry Red Head and Turtle Anarchy IPA, plus others like Stella Artois, Sam Adams Boston Seasonal Lager and Blue Moon — are available for just $3, which is two bucks off the normal pricing. They are also featuring all appetizers at half price during the happy hour. Parking is free with validation, and you don't want to be driving around Midtown at that time of day anyway, am I right?

The restaurant side of Mason's is also featuring a burger special for lunch or dinner on Wednesdays that is worth checking out. Not only can you enjoy one of those $3 drafts, but their fine burger is selling for just $5 instead of the usual price of $14. The burger is served with arugula, garlic aioli, pickled squash, bacon, Kentucky white cheddar, tomato and onion. Diners can add a cage-free fried egg for $1 more. It’s served with served with your choice of Garden Radish Potato Salad, Truffle Fries or Market Fruit. Sounds like a reason for a long lunch...

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Holiday Shopping Soother: New Hours of Happiness at the Sunset Grill

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Back in the day, my older brother and I used to do all of our Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve after our boss gave us a half-day off following the annual holiday brunch of chicken fingers from Captain D's and sausage balls prepared in every imaginable permutation and combination by 11 different staff members who forgot to consult the official signup list for what dishes to bring.

To help survive the procrastination aggravation that we brought upon ourselves, we always made sure to shop at some mall that had a Ruby Tuesday attached to it so that we could alternate between buy a present/buy a drink/buy a present/load up the car trunk/buy a drink until our lists were complete. We'd usually just buy each other one for the road as a gift to each other and then creep home down the back roads.

Now that we've grown older and wiser, our shopping and drinking are much less intense. Presents come from Amazon and the Farmer's Market and Long Island Rubys have been replaced by a glass of Pinot or a nice cocktail. Fortunately, The Sunset Grill has grown up with us and they are now offering a completely refined Happy Hour to help ease your shopping stress.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Wandering Wino Discovers a New Source for Booze Newz

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 8:39 AM

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With Turkey Day approaching, the wine tasting calendar is a little sparse this week. When you drop by your favorite wine shop this weekend to pick up a bottle to match with your bird, I'm sure at least some of them will have a few winners open for sampling. If you're looking for advice before you head out shopping, traditional pairings for turkey are a Gewurztraminer or a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio to cut through the butter if you're into whites or a delicate Pinot Noir to perk up the mushroom gravy. A jammy Zinfandel or Syrah is like cranberry sauce in a glass with the benefit of adding some peppery notes to accompany your stuffing. You also can't go wrong with an extra-dry sparkler, because bubbles make everything more festive.

If you're looking for even more advice, especially about spirits, your Wandering Wino suggests that you visit the new site at Drink Music City. The entertaining writers at this repository of liquor information write about many of the most popular brands of spirits available in the Nashville market. So far, they've written about some ultra-high end vodka, one of my favorite cocktails and what purports to be the Gatorade of vodka. Unlike some drink writers who take themselves too seriously in the attempt to come up with the perfect adjective for a flavor (I'm looking at me, Mr. Wino), the writers at Drink Music City have a delightfully playful tone when they write about spirits. Though, I'm guessing it won't be too long before they accidentally slip a "delightful melon, oily cedar and perceptible carrot" reference in there.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Half-Price Deals at Tokyo Steak House in Green Hills

Posted By on Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 8:48 AM

I've heard mostly good things about Tokyo Japanese Steak House in Green Hills — a friend drives from Franklin to eat there every couple of weeks, and as Carrington pointed out, it's a good place for a celebration.

But really, with Asian places proliferating in Green Hills, it's not such a surprise to have a correspondent report that it was almost empty on an early evening weekday visit.

Happy hour could fix that — Tokyo is offering half-price hot sake and selected appetizers to lure in the neighbors. Monday through Thursday, from 4 to 6 p.m., half-price bottles of hot sake will net you 350 ml for $4.50, while half-price appetizers from the regular menu will get you $4 beef yakitori, or shrimp tempura, and $2.50 age (deep-fried) tofu.

There's also an "early bird" menu of entrees that are offered at a discount during happy hour. Rainbow rolls go for $6.95, which is nearly half price, and steak hibachi is $12.95, about $5 off the regular price.

As always, when you go, let Bites know.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Flaws in Your Favorite Bar? Never

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 1:14 PM

You know how sometimes you Google yourself, just to see how you're lookin' online? Well, I Googled and Binged my local pub on Yelp to see how people like it.

Google yielded some really mixed views of the place. I got all prickly that a lot of people seem to just drop in from goodness-knows-where and pass judgment on the fact that it's not very crowded, and the overheard conversationalists were drunk douches and Barbie wannabees and the food wasn't all that.

As if just anyone can drop in on your favorite bar, just like it was a public place or something. Well you can't! You have to understand that it was a disgusting dump and got an overhaul and the cook is a REAL CHEF and the food is good, even great sometimes, and it's where my friends and I go to play cards and I've had some really fun times there.

Okay, maybe the fried stuff isn't always crunchy. Once in a while the day's special isn't too special. And there are occasionally some really douchey and annoying people there. And it's true there's never anything but sports on the televisions. But the happy hour is good and I've had some great meals there.

What about you? What flaws are you willing to overlook in the convenient, friendly place you haunt?

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Happiest of Hours at Fish & Co.

Posted By on Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Fish & Co., the restaurant in the former Miro space on the ground floor of the Adelicia, has the eyes of many Nashville gourmands fixed upon it. James Beard Award-winning Chef Louis Osteen's new menu has some outstanding versions of his low-country favorites, but if you're not up for a full sit-down dinner experience, try their outstanding happy hour.

Served in the comfortable bar area from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, the deals include selected wines by the glass and well cocktails for $5 and all draft beer for $3. The noshing options revolve around some of your favorite bivalves, with medium-sized Gulf oysters on the half-shell and littleneck clams for $6/dozen. Fret not about the dirty BP devils; these oysters are fully inspected and had a wonderfully fresh taste without being overly salty. I also appreciated the fact that they weren't too big to eat in one bite.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Titans, Yazoo at Village Pub Tonight

Posted By on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Village Pub & Beer Garden, which I enjoyed reviewing last month, is calling all beer-loving Titans fans to come by to watch the preseason game tonight against the Arizona Cardinals.

Tonight also happens to be Pint Night, with a free Yazoo pint glass if you order a nice Yazoo brew. Now if it were me, I'd focus more on the beer and giant pretzel sandwiches than the football, but that's why I write for a food blog, not a sports blog.

Village Pub is at 1308 McGavock Pike, near the Riverside Village retail strip. Check out their news on Facebook.

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